Sunset On The River

djrd7781It is an uncommon experience for me to find myself on a boat on a river. My preferred type of body of water is the ocean – any ocean. I find it invigorating, rejuvenating, and a lot of fun. River water doesn’t do it for me like the ocean does.

A recent christmas function I attended took place on a paddle boat, so I took advantage of the opportunity and packed a camera as well as taking my iPhone.

We were treated to a spectacular sunset. The colours were beautiful and reflected nicely in the water. This photo was captured on the iPhone.

I enjoyed the opportunity to photograph something that I see a lot, from a different point of view. Moving out of my comfort zone was inspirational, and has me thinking about other photographic images I’d like to create and how to go about them. If these ideas progress I’ll share them here.


An Unexpected Abstract


When I set out with my camera I usually have in mind what I’m trying to capture. The resulting images are not necessarily the same as I had in mind, although often they are fairly close to what I originally wanted to capture.

Sometimes however, something about the location I’m in takes me away from that original idea. The above photo is a perfect example of that.

I’d captured the sunset images that I wanted, although I felt like there might be other, non landscape images I could take. I spied this section of the ground, that shows flood waters in an area that doesn’t often see water. I was fascinated by the cracks in the ground so took a photo.

Some minor cropping and playing around with the original colours gave me this abstract photo. It’s my take on the flooded river.


Delicious Banana Cake

Banana cake for lunch

The following recipe was given to me several years ago by a very good friend. It’s easy to make & adapts to ingredient changes well. I’ve added everything from cinnamon to complement the banana, to reducing the banana amount by & adding berries, to being a little naughty by adding chocolate. Because banana & chocolate is always yummy together.


Banana Cake

Grease & line a 20cm square cake tin (or loaf tin). Pre-heat oven 180c

Sift 2 cups flour & 1 tspn bi-carb soda into a large bowl. Add 1 cup of sugar & mix with a spoon. Add 3/4 cup milk, 2 eggs (lightly beaten before) & 3 mashed bananas. Mix together. Add 125g melted butter & mix with a spoon. Don’t overmix. Bake for 1 hour. Enjoy warm or cool, it’s tasty either way.

When I made this today, I took bananas out of the freezer & defrosted them in the microwave. As they were quite mushy & still a little frozen, the mix was runnier than usual. I decided not to add the butter, thinking it wasn’t needed. Thankfully this decision paid off, the resulting cake is a moist as always.

I also often don’t use a full cup of sugar; I don’t think it’s needed. Today I used 1/2 cup caster sugar & 1/4 cup raw sugar. Sometimes I’ll only use raw sugar, as I like it’s texture.

Also, I don’t bake the cake for 1 hour. My fan forced oven has a hot spot in the middle, allowing me to cook at 175 for about 45 minutes.

Have a go adapting this recipe yourself, I’m sure you’ll find a combination you love.


Backyard Sunsets

img_6284My backyard provides me with daily photography inspiration if I want it, in the form of sunsets. They aren’t always as spectacular as this one is, although most evenings provide a level of beauty I missed when I was living surrounded by houses. Having space provides many benefits, & sunsets are something I particularly enjoy.